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Preview: The Long Con, Volume 1

The Long Con, Volume 1

(W) Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman
(A) EA Denich
(C) M. Victoria Robado
(CA) E.A. Denich with M. Victoria Robado
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences — Genre: Humor/Action-Adventure

Price: $19.99—Page Count: 136

The world is over, but the con has just begun.

Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center—right in the middle of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) pop culture convention. Underdog reporter Victor Lai barely escaped with his life, but his nerdy friend Dez Delaney—publicist for an indie darling comics publisher—wasn’t so lucky.

Now, Victor finds himself with the story of a lifetime—that the con-goers not only survived inside the center’s cavernous Cold War-era halls… they kept the convention going.

It doesn’t take long for Victor to get trapped inside, find Dez, and run afoul of a totalitarian sci-fi fandom ruled by a mysterious figure known as “the Special Guest.” Breaking out is impossible, and resistance is futile—but maybe, just maybe, Dez and Victor can recruit some unexpected allies from the warring factions of fans, pros, and D-list celebrities that still roam the show floor… Collects issues #1-#5 of the Oni Press series THE LONG CON.

The Long Con, Volume 1

It’s Your Chance to Experience The Long Con this February

Oni Press invites readers to pick up the acclaimed action-comedy story about post-apocalyptic life inside a never-ending comic convention in The Long Con, Volume 1. For teen and adult readers alike—con-goers or not! Written by Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman, film critic for The Portland Mercury, with illustrations by webcomic artist EA Denich and colors by M. Victoria Robado.

The world is over, but the con has just begun.

Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center—right in the middle of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) pop culture convention. Underdog reporter Victor Lai barely escaped with his life, but his nerdy friend Dez Delaney—publicist for an indie darling comics publisher—wasn’t so lucky.

Now, Victor finds himself with the story of a lifetime—that the con-goers not only survived inside the center’s cavernous Cold War-era halls… they kept the convention going.

It doesn’t take long for Victor to get trapped inside, find Dez, and run afoul of a totalitarian sci-fi fandom ruled by a mysterious figure known  as “the Special Guest.” Breaking out is impossible, and resistance is futile—but maybe, just maybe, Dez and Victor can recruit some unexpected allies from the warring factions of fans, pros, and D-list celebrities that still roam the show floor… and get out of Long Con for good.

In 2018, issue #1 was such a hit it received a second printing for $1. There was also an amazing SDCC variant by the talented Sara Richard (My Little Pony), and the series prompted the exciting Oni-hosted panel Tales from the Long Con, where comic creators and comic industry powerhouses share their convention adventures—horrific, romantic, and comedic—from comic cons across the globe in an epic storytelling event.

The Long Con, Volume 1 is available February 12th in bookstores and February 13th in comic book shops.

Preview: The Long Con #5

The Long Con #5

(W) Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman, (A) EA Denich, (C) M. Victoria Robado (CA) EA Denich with M. Victoria Robado
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Genre: Humor, Action/Adventure—Price: $3.99—Page Count: 32

GET READY FOR FIGHTS AND/OR TIGHTS. Saddled with obnoxious child actor gone to seed Flix Bixby and pursued by con authorities and a cabal of cannibal celebs, Dez and Victor need allies, and fast! Enter Capetown: the genre-exclusive hall where superhero cosplayers act out their elaborate power fantasies, rooftop brawls and all. Who better to fight for truth and justice, right? Right??

Preview: The Long Con #4

The Long Con #4

(W) Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman
(A) EA Denich
(C) M. Victoria Robado
(CA) EA Denich with M. Victoria Robado
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Genre: Humor, Action/Adventure
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

A bloodbath at the hands of a murderous cosplay squad is interrupted by… another murderous cosplay squad? Dez and Victor flee into a network of secret tunnels once used to whisk celebrity guests to their appearances without pressing the flesh of normal mortals. Now the tunnels echo with mysterious screams, and those who enter are never seen again. What semi-famous horrors will Dez and Victor discover in the darkness? And more importantly, when was the last time those horrors ate?

Preview: The Long Con #3

The Long Con #3

(W) Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman
(A) EA Denich
(C) M. Victoria Robado
(CA) EA Denich with M. Victoria Robado
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi, Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

The only way through Long Con is with a badge, so after a run-in with a murderous cosplay goon squad, Dez, Victor, and Loren set out to procure some. Luckily, there’s a sizable black market running out of the old Salad Saloon. Unluckily, murderous cosplay goon squads are more difficult to shake than previously thought. Plus, a flashback reveals the super secret origins of boob windows!

Preview: The Long Con #2

The Long Con #2

(W) Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman
(A) EA Denich
(C) M. Victoria Robado
(CA) EA Denich with M. Victoria Robado
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Genre: Humor, Action/Adventure
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Dez and Victor haven’t seen each other since the world ended five years ago, leaving Dez trapped inside the Los Spinoza Convention Center and Victor writing articles for a post-apocalyptic newspaper about how to properly season shoelaces for human consumption. So the two have got a lot to catch up on—and when Dez learns the world outside the convention center isn’t infested with radioactive zombies, she’s determined to get not just herself and her intern out, but all the other imprisoned con-goers.

The Long Con is Getting a Second Printing

Oni Press has announced that the very first issue of The Long Con from Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman, webcomic artist EA Denich, M. Victoria Robado, and letterer Aditya Bidikar, is getting a second printing! The collector’s edition reprint will be out August 29th, and will be priced at $1 to celebrate this hilarious story!

Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center—including the attendees of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) comic convention. But unknown to the outside world, the con-goers not only survived, they kept the convention going.

Review: The Long Con #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the longest con ever!

The Long Con #1 is by Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman, EA Denich, M. Victoria Robado, Aditya Bidikar, Leila Del Duca, Sara Richard, Keith Wood, Robin Herrera, and Ari Yarwood.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: The Long Con #1

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Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty-mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center — including the attendees of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) comic convention. But unknown to the outside world, the con-goers not only survived, they kept the convention going. When proof of their survival surfaces, reporter Victor Lai is sent to investigate — after all, he was covering the con that fateful day and escaped mere minutes before everything went kablooie… abandoning his nerdy pal Dez in the process. So clearly he’s the perfect person for the job, and he won’t get trapped inside like some kinda idiot. Right?

Things get weird in the premiere issue of The Long Con, as past and present collide in numerous ways. The comic teases what happened in the days before a cataclysmic event decimated everything inside a fifty-mile radius of Los Spinoza Convention Center where it just so happens that a major comic convention was being held. The comic uses the location and premise to have fun with it all delivering a first issue that never fully reveals what happened. It also pokes fun at fandom, and Star Trek, but never so in a mean way. You can tell there’s a love of the subject matter and it’s all in a good and harmless way. The characters are varied and while we only have two main ones so far, there’s more than enough to stand them apart.

The art style manages to balance the before and after events of the quarantine well giving a very clear delineation between the time periods. The true surprise, and fun, lies in the present as Victor enters the Los Spinoza Convention Center. The art takes inspiration from geekdom and conventions and uses it all in some entertaining ways. Like the writing, the art is having fun with it all.

There’s a love of the subject matter and this is a solid entry into the growing genre of comic conventions gone wrong. A lot of the fun will be what winks and nods to fandom will be throughout and as a start, this is solid, fun, entertainment.

Story: Ben Coleman, Dylan Meconis Art: E.A. Denich
Color: M. Victoria Robado
Cover: E.A. Denich, M. Victoria Robado
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Long Con #1

The Long Con #1

(W) Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman
(A) EA Denich
(C) M. Victoria Robado
(CA) EA Denich with M. Victoria Robado (Cover A), Leila Del Duca (Cover B)
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Humor, Action/Adventure
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center—including the attendees of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) comic convention. But unknown to the outside world, the con-goers not only survived, they kept the convention going. When proof of their survival surfaces, reporter Victor Lai is sent to investigate—after all, he was covering the con that fateful day and escaped mere minutes before everything went kablooie… abandoning his nerdy pal Dez in the process. So clearly he’s the perfect person for the job, and he won’t get trapped inside like some kinda idiot. Right?

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